Fear and bitterness in France's care homes as second Covid wave arrives


France's care home sector, which was on the front line of the Covid-19 crisis in the early part of the year, is now bracing itself for the second wave. A number of residential homes are already closed to visitors and in some areas staff have had to stop relatives climbing in through windows to see their loved ones. Amid the fear and anxiety about the rapid return of the Coronavirus, there is also growing bitterness among both care home staff and domestic carers that they have once again been overlooked. Angry representatives point out that their working conditions and pay have not been given the same priority as those of hospital staff. Mathilde Goanec reports.

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France's care homes for the elderly have been reducing their contact with the outside world in recent weeks in a bid to avoid the heavy death toll that occurred this spring when the Covid-19 epidemic was at its peak. Yet even so, the second wave of the virus which has emerged after the summer is still having a deadly impact in some areas.